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(In)justice court?

A proposed rule change that would require certain businesses to be represented by an attorney when appearing in justice court in a civil case has both the business community and justice court judges up in arms. With the proposal, known as Rule 2.12, now pending before the Mississippi Supreme Court, the justice court judges and business advocates are rallying to ...

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Appeals panel upholds Tacker's biofuel scam conviction

NETTLETON — A federal appeals panel upheld the conviction of a Mississippi businessman for his role in defrauding a biofuels subsidy program. A three judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued the ruling yesterday. William T. “Tommy” Tacker II was convicted in 2010 on 10 counts that he conspired to defraud the U.S. ...

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Waller questions constitutionality of CON appeal

JACKSON — A lawsuit between two companies competing to operate a kidney dialysis treatment center in Montgomery County has shifted to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, however, is questioning whether it should hear the case. A new state law provides that appeals of certificate of need decisions by the Department of Health go directly to the Supreme Court. ...

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Former bank auditor's trial set for September

GULFPORT — A former Hancock Bank auditor is set for trial on a bank fraud charge alleging she converted checks for collections to money orders for personal use and forged her daughter’s name on some of them. The Sun Herald reports 45-year-old Lisa Brooks of Gulfport pleaded not guilty yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Robert Walker. He set trial for Sept. ...

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Ex-chamber director arrested, accused of stealing

CARTHAGE — Following a joint investigation by District Attorney Mark Duncan’s office, the Leake County Sheriff’s Office, Carthage Police Department and the State Auditor’s Office, Renodda Dorman has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $60,916 from the Leake County Chamber of Commerce following a seven-month investigation. Since 2001, Dorman was employed as the executive director of the Chamber, and the embezzlement ...

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Entergy to refuel plant while court weighs decision

NEW ORLEANS — Yesterday, Entergy Corporation told its employees that the company’s board of directors voted to approve the fabrication of fuel and the refueling of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in October. This will be the plant’s 29th refueling. While the company has received a 20-year license extension from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the State of Vermont has ...

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Ex-attorney Minor to appeal bribery conviction

JACKSON — Imprisoned former attorney Paul Minor has filed a notice of appeal for his convictions and sentence in the judicial bribery case that sent him and two former judges to prison. Minor was first convicted of corruption charges in 2007 and was sentenced to 11 years. He was re-sentenced in June to eight years because the U.S. 5th Circuit ...

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Judge affirms SEC ruling in biofuel scheme

NATCHEZ — A federal judge agrees with regulators’ charges against a man who claimed he had developed a revolutionary process to more than double fuel production from soybeans — and to do so without waste or pollution. District Judge David Bramlette’s summary judgment against John Rivera affirmed charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, based on federal filings ...

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Speed's eminent domain lawsuit to get underway today

JACKSON — A Hinds County judge is scheduled to hear high-stakes arguments today over a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent governments from taking property for anything but a public project. Circuit Judge Winston Kidd must decide whether the amendment will be put before voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Leland Speed, who is head of the Mississippi Development ...

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Judge to decide if R.J. Reynolds has underpaid state

PASCAGOULA — A Jackson County judge is scheduled to hear a claim that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has underpaid the state of Mississippi at least $1 million in the tobacco settlement payments. The Mississippi Press reports that Jackson County Chancery Judge Jaye Bradley will preside today over the non-jury trial. Attorney General Jim Hood sued in 2010 alleging R.J. Reynolds ...

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